08/05/2017Music from Afghanistan

Afghanistan suffered immensely under the Taliban regime and subsequent insurgencies, which took their toll on the country's rich cultural diversity and musical traditions. Music was forbidden under Taliban rule, but survived at the hands of master musicians, who continue to pass along their invaluable knowledge to younger generations.

One such project is "Safar" (meaning journey) that marks a continued musical exchange between the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and the Afghanistan Music Research Centre to support Afghan musicians in their efforts to keep their heritage alive.

Below you can watch a 75-minute live concert by the Safar ensemble recorded back in 2015, consisting of renowned Turkish ney flautist Kudsi Ergüner, masters and students of the Afghanistan International Institute of Music (Kabul) as well as students from the Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere (Weimar) and three German jazz musicians:

Kudsi Erguner - Ney
Ustad Khial Modh Saqizada - Rubab
Ustad Fraidoon Miazada - Tabla
Ustad Abdul Latif Sharifi - Dhol
Ustad Modh Murad Sarkhosh - Ghichak
Ustad Ahmad Farid Shefta - Clarinet

Christian Kögel - Guitar
Oliver Potratz - Bass (+ Arrangements)
Jan Burkamp - Drums

Via Undomondo

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom